The entire 2009 blog archive is now available in a book format and can be purchased through the CARDSHARK Online BookStore. The book is available in two editions, color and black & white (the black & white edition is substantially cheaper).
I ordered two of the books for myself and I am very pleased with the quality. So, there will definitely be more books in the future. As for this one, I am including the Preface from the book, as it explains my reasons for putting this blog in print as well as my thinking behind publishing Print On Demand books, in general.
Electronic media and online publishing have changed the way we live. But every innovation has its drawbacks. When it comes to electronic media the obvious drawback is durability.
History shows that records survive only in certain forms. The paintings on the cave walls in Lascaux, France, have survived some 32,000 years. Egyptian hieroglyphs are still here. Stone carvings and oil paintings have a good chance to survive. And of course books, newspapers and other print media have a good chance to be preserved by generations to come. But whatever our ancestors may have been drawing in the sand is long gone. And electronic media is pretty much like that. Even if the actual media survives, there may not be a way to access the files because of compatibility issues with future software and hardware. So, the most logical thing to do with all of that virtual media is to print it all. There goes our rain forest.
Whatever the environmental issues may be, I've decided to offer a printed version of my blog. After all, it all took a lot of work and I don't want to leave it all in cyberspace. If I make a drawing in the sand and I really like it, I think I'm entitled to make a picture of it. So, as far as my blog goes I thin it's a good idea to do a yearly archive in a book format. The good news for the environment is that those are all POD (Print On Demand) books, so we don't have to worry about cutting any trees for books that no one may never even buy.
At the time of this writing by blog can be accessed through http://cardshark-online.blogspot.com/ and it is really an extension of my main site CARDSHARK Online, which is hosted at http://cardshark.us/. My site was launched in December 1999 and to this day remains the leading internet resource for card cheating and crooked gambling in general. My blog first appeared in October 2005, but I have not really started blogging until August 2009, with the blog post titled SHARPS and FLATS: the Secrets of the Cardsharps, now online, which appears in this book as the first post. I've decided to exclude all the earlier blog posts from this book, since they were not really good posts and they don't even fall into the year 2009.
The text in this book appears exactly as it appears on the blog. I've decided not to edit anything in or out. I basically realized that I'd get paid the same whether or not I spent any time editing the text. So, my practical senses told me that my time would be better spent elsewhere. Plus, I think editing would be totally missing the point of this book, which is to preserve the blog as I originally wrote it.
I was also considering to perhaps do some annotations. But then the same thought entered my mind, once again; i.e. I'd get paid the same, one way or another. There's also a small technicality issue. Annotations are done when one adds text to a book that had originally been written by another author. But when you annotate your own work you are not annotating, you are editing. And I've already concluded that I'd stay away from editing. So, I thought to myself, to hell with all that extra work and let's just do a copy and paste job and get it over with.
So, allow me to present to you: the printed version of the 2009 CARDSHARK Online Blog archive.
So, that's it. I hope some of the readers of this blog will purchase a copy of this book.